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Gordon started as a volunteer with the Swan Unit of the State Emergency Service in late 1993 and during that time was involved in a number of searches and operations including the 1994 Perth storms, 1999 Moora Floods and deployment to Exmouth for cyclone Vance. Gordon has been involved in the Association since 1995 and has been served as a Consultative Committee representative and was appointed to the first FESA Board as the Representative from the State Emergency Service.
Gordon joined FESA as a Regional Director for the SES in 1999 and up until his retirement in late 2011 he was involved in many roles for FESA at a state and national level including the National and State tsunami planning, key operations, and corporate governance and strategic planning. The tsunami project was recognised and awarded at both a national and international level.
Duties of the President:
The President has the responsibility to ensure the successful functioning of the Association, the attainment of its objectives and the adherence to the constitution. The President, as the name implies, presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.
Alan joined the SES with Bayswater Unit in 2011. He progressed to stores office, team leader and operations officer with the unit. In 2016 he was acting local manager of Kalamunda Unit. Alan has SES qualifications in incident control, land search and general rescue, and is trainer assessor in several disciplines. His passion is incident management, operations and intelligence. Alan brings skills acquired over many years of Defence Force Reserves training and experience, as well as banking and a board member of a public charity. Awards include the Reserve Forces Decoration. He is currently a self-employed public accountant (FCPA) and part-time law student. Alan and his wife, Ann-Maree, have three adult children.
Duties of the Vice-President
The Vice-President is required to take on any of the Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, for reasons unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents should act as interim President until a new one is elected.
Lin has been a volunteer in the Mundaring Unit of the State Emergency Service since March 2000. During his time in the SES Lin has been a Deputy Local Manager (2002-2004), Local Manager (2004-2010) and is currently the Training Manager for the Unit. He is also a Field Search Controller. This has resulted in Lin being involved in a number of searches and operations in Western Australia. Lin is a Senior Assessor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, USAR, Communications, Chainsaw, Storm Damage and is also a Trainer/Assessor in Basic General Rescue, 4WD Recovery, 4WD Off Road Driving and Search Team Leader. Lin has been involved in training with several units in the Pilbara, and the metropolitan area.
Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Association and is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Association. The Secretary prepares, in consultation with the President, meeting agendas. The Secretary is required to attend Association meeting and take minutes for distribution to members.
John Capes OAM
Treasurer, Editor and Webmaster
John has been a volunteer member of the SES for 30 years and originally joined the Wanneroo SES unit. John held a number of positions in the Wanneroo unit including six years as Local Manager. In recent years John has focused his service to the SES Volunteer Association. John was the inaugural Association President and then held the position of Vice President. As Treasurer John has the responsibly of managing the Associations finances and as Editor he produces the Associations publications which include the journal, dairy and calendar. John was also is a member of the FESA Board and sits on a number of Committees including Finance.
Duties of the Treasurer:
The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the Association. The Treasurer receives and deposits monies, maintains records, presents accounts, in the form of a report, at each meeting and the Annual general meeting.
Phillip Petersen ESM
Phillip has been a SES volunteer since 1982, serving with Mandurah, Karratha and Gosnells SES Units, including as Local Manager at Gosnells 1993-1997. Phillip is an instructor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, First Aid and Road Crash Rescue. He was the inaugural coach for the National Road Crash Rescue West Australian SES teams. Phillip was the SES Volunteers Association President from 1999-2009 and acknowledges that one of his proudest moments as President, was accepting the WA Citizen of the Year Gold Swan Award 2007 on behalf of WA SES volunteers. He also served on the past SES Consultative Committee in that time.
He was awarded Emergency Services Medal (ESM) in Australian Honours in 2005 and is a proud winner of the Peter Keillor Award 2006 (Outstanding SES volunteer). Phillip continues to contribute to the SESVA as a regional representative. He represented the SESVA at the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee (CDJSC) contributing evidence to “The Toll of Trauma on Western Australian Emergency Staff and Volunteers”. He is on a number of SESVA sub committees and more recently voted as Deputy Chair of the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee (SESVAC).
SES, Canning/South Perth SES, Kalamunda SES, Gosnells SES, Armadale SES and Serpentine-Jarrahdale SES
Keith has been a volunteer member of the SES for 30 years with the Stirling, Geraldton and Karratha Units. During this time Keith has served in a variety of roles including Rescue Team Leader, Deputy Local Manager, Training Manager and Local Manager. Since joining the Karratha Unit 6 years ago Keith has focussed on giving back to the Service in his role as Training Manager the skills, knowledge and experience he himself has gained, which has lead to numerous deployments through the Pilbara District. Keith became the Pilbara Representative for the SESVA 4 years ago where he continues to promote and communicate knowledge and information to the volunteers of the SES.
Hedland SES, Karratha SES, Onslow VES, Exmouth SES, Tom Price SES, Newman SES, Marble Bar VES & Roebourne SES
Greg has been both a proud SES volunteer since 1996 commencing at the Northam SES Unit. During that time in the Midland’s Region, Greg was able to assist other volunteers by being the region SES Consultative Committee and VA Representative. Including his activities at the Northam Unit, time was spent as the acting Local Manager, York SES Unit and the Training Manager at the Trayning SES Unit. After relaxing in the Midlands for 8 years, Greg departed for a period of service as a FESA DM working out of Port Hedland and serving local FESA VES and SES Units. Since returning to Perth, Greg serviced as the Section Leader Regional Operations Section (the Belmont Bunker). More recently he has firmly placed some antennas and a satellite dish on his head. Showing that level of instability, he has been entrusted with being the Local Manager of the Communication Support Unit in Belmont. Being a person that is challenged by technology, he could not resist the opportunity for personal development. All CSU members are currently hoping that learning will take place one day, preferably soon. He also holds many SES and National Emergency Management qualifications. Outside of the SES, Greg is a Senior Risk Consultant working in the public and private sectors. His functions include developing solutions for community based emergency management issues and managing emergencies in facilities planning and training.
Bassendean SES, Belmont SES, Coms Support, Mounted Section, Peer Support, Swan SES, Mundaring SES and Carine Section
Trevor Patton ESM
During Trevor’s 27 years at the Karratha SES Unit he has had a number of roles including rescue team member, rescue team leader and rescue officer. During this period Trevor attended many large operations such as the 1997 Ashburton River floods in 1997, numerous Cyclones (TC Bobby/Vance) and Land Search operations. Trevor has been a key organiser in setting up and coordinating the Pilbara Regions annual training weekends (PILEX). Trevor was the deputy Local Manager in 2006 and was appointed Local Manager in 2007. Trevor represented the Pilbara on the SES Consultative Committee for 3 years and in 2010 was the winner of the 2010 Peter Keilor Award.
Broome SES, Kununurra SES, Derby SES & Wyndham VES
Kylie Griffin is a member of the Cockburn SES joining the unit in 2005, training as a Rescue member with qualifications in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member Operations and Communications just to name a few. Kylie is also a dual member of The South Coogee Bushfire Brigade for the past 3 years and currently holds the office of secretary.
Rockingham-Kwinana SES, Melville SES , Cockburn SES, & Mandurah SES
Steve Cable ESM
Steve commenced his Emergency Services career with two years as a member of the Parkerville Bush Fire Brigade. He joined the Ambulance Service in Exmouth in 1972 and was OIC until 1982. On moving to Karratha in 1985, Steve joined the SES there and served in Karratha for 10 years as Rescue Officer and a further 10 years as Local Manager. During his years of service, Steve has experienced and organised the response to a myriad of events: as Team Leader responding to hundreds of vehicle crashes, storm damage, floods and major cyclone events (Cyclone Bobby and Vance). These were of magnitudes involving loss of life and required running the E/R response to three towns, numerous stations and rescue and resupply for flood stranded vehicles – all within the same operation. Additionally, Steve has been Team Leader for 16 rope rescues, eight of which were at Karajini National Park (being the operations officer for the recovery of the Jim Reagan). Since moving to Kalbarri in 2006 Steve joined the local SES unit, which he assisted to build into a professional E/R group, serving as a main stay to an area where deployment of 300-400 kms is not unusual. Steve was appointed Rescue Officer and has been Local Manager for approximately five years. In addition, Steve is an instructor in nearly all SES disciplines and travels throughout the region running courses. Steve is also on Regional committees, including on a state level, having served as a Consultative Committee member for 10 years.
Carnarvon SES, Useless Loop SES, Shark Bay SES, Kalbarri SES, Meekatharra SES, Morawa SES, Moora SES, Geraldton Greenough SES & Coastal Districts (Eneabba) SES
Chris Widmer ESM
Chris joined the SES in late March 1978, his first operation was as a ‘newby’ during Cyclone Alby in Bunbury. He has remained a member of the Bunbury Unit since that time, serving in various positions. During his time in the SES, Chris believes that he has been very fortunate to have received the Peter Keillor Award in 2000 and the Emergency Services Medal in the Australia Day awards of 2002. He has also received the National Medal plus clasp, plus the SES long service medal and 30 year clasp. As he has served as a District Officer for over 17 years and has spent the best part of a year acting as Superintendent with FESA/DFES, he has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from DFES. Chris now works as the Team Leader – Community Safety and Emergency Management with the City of Bunbury and is married with three adult kids. His wife Karen and Son Keaton are also long serving SES volunteers.
Australind SES, Boddington SES, Bunbury SES, Collie SES, Harvey SES, Murray SES & Waroona SES
Lower South West
Luke has been a member of the Donnybrook SES unit for 6 years. Of those 6 years he has been Deputy Local Manager for 5 of them. Luke played a big role in planning for the opening and layout of the new Donnybrook SES facility which is now also being utilised as the Donnybrook-Balingup shires Incident Control Centre for all hazards. Luke has also been involved in the organising the LSW regional SES exercise since its inception in 2013. Luke holds many SES qualifications including Air Observer, Level 1 IC and Land Search to name a few. Luke has been on the VA committee since 2014 and enjoy representing the volunteers from his region and from around the state.
Augusta/Margaret River SES, Nannup SES, Bridgetown SES, Busselton SES, Manjimup SES, Donnybrook SES and Walpole SES
Lloyd has been a member of the Northam SES Unit on and off for the last 10 years as general member and as well as the Unit’s Management Committee. Currently Lloyd is the Units Co-Quartermaster responsible for all of the equipment. Lloyds work background has either been in the Mining Industry or working on the Railways as a Track Maintainer. He enjoys his time with the SES and Intend on staying for many more years to come. One of his most memorable things from my time so far in the SES has been when we had a light aircraft crash into two hangars at the local aerodrome. The aircraft was literally hanging in the air between the two buildings. That was a Call that I don’t think I will ever forget.
Toodyay SES, Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES, Norseman SES, Northam SES and Merredin SES
Robert has been a member of the Albany SES unit for the last three years. He has qualified in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member, Operations and Communications, Roof Safety Systems, Water Bomber loader and tracking dog training to name a few. His steep learning curve has been augmented by the six days involved in the Esperance fires of 2015 and multiple searches in the Stirling Ranges.
Albany SES,Boddington SES, Denmark SES, Esperance SES, Gnowangerup, Kulin SES, Narrogin SES, Pingelly SES, Mount Barker SES, Ravensthorpe SES and Wagin SES
"David joined the Northshore SES unit in mid-2012. He has completed the basic training units such as Basic General Rescue, Field Radio Operator and Urban Search and Rescue Cat 1. In his short period with the SES David has assisted with winter storm damage, bushfire support and summer search callouts. He joined the SEVA Committee in 2015 as the North Coastal representative."
Northshore SES, Stirling SES, Bayswater SES and Wanneroo - Joondalup SES
The SESVA Administration Officer role is to assist the Executive in the day to day running of the SESVA.